Google Web Fonts – New Stats, New Name

Web fonts are taking off in a big way. Back in November, the Google Web Fonts team first published stats on the rapid adoption curve of the Google Font API. Then, Google was serving approximately 17 million daily font requests[1] to roughly 400,000 unique websites[2].

And today, less than 4 months later, we’re excited to announce that Google Web Fonts has since grown by another 290%. The Google Font API now serves roughly 50 million daily requests[1], across roughly 800,000 unique websites[2]. This equates to over 30% month over month growth. Amazingly, these stats don’t factor in caching, so the actual views of Google Web Fonts may far exceed these numbers.

Growth picked up considerably after Google Web Fonts announced over 20 new font families for the New Year. From these numbers, it’s clear that web fonts are quickly becoming part of the standard practice of web developers, game developers, and bloggers.

To make it easier for all, we’re also pleased to announce a re-branding of the “Google Font Directory” to “Google Web Fonts.” The service is now available via the simple, memorable URL:

Web fonts are on their way to changing the very fabric of the web, and this is very exciting to Google.

Here’s to a beautiful web!

Posted by David Wurtz, Product Manager, Google Web Fonts

[1] A request is a single call to the Google Font API for one or more fonts.
[2] We count a unique website as unique domains, except that “www” subdomains are not counted. For example, and would count as one domain. However, and would count as two domains.